Looking for something out of the box to give the kiddies for next Christmas (or their next birthday)? This grandma’s Christmas Adventure Box idea is bound to put a smile on tiny faces all year long.
Every year after the mad Christmas morning rush, my house looks like a toy store exploded in our living room. In addition to the surplus of talking dolls and oversized inflatables, there’s the mountains of wrapping paper, plastic moulds and boxes that the kids leave behind in the wake of their toy mania.
Grandma’s big adventure
One very clever Nonna came up with a brilliant Christmas gift for her grandsons that we are definitely adding to Santa’s list for next year. It doesn’t involve toys, plastic moulds or batteries. And it’s something that the entire family can enjoy throughout the year.
Meet the Adventure Box – a standard box filled with 12 brown paper envelopes, each labelled and decorated. Each envelope contains everything the family needs to enjoy a monthly activity.
The gift of time
One month it’s bowling and laser tag, complete with tokens to the gaming area. Another month it’s movie tickets. There’s a trip to the horse stables, spending money for a day at Disneyland and tickets to a ball game.
But here’s the kicker – the kids don’t open every envelope on Christmas Day. They open one envelope on the first day of each month, meaning every month they get a surprise and a family adventure.
She even includes a note, explaining that, “this year, my sweet boys, I give you the gift of time.” Because, let’s face it, the best gift of all is the gift of spending time with the ones you love.
Darlene Howell Waller shared her idea on Facebook and the world has gone mad for it. And rightfully so – what a brilliant way to bring the family together, not just for Christmas, but for every month of the year!
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to start planing our Adventure Box ASAP. Just after I finish cleaning up all the leftover wrapping paper…
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